Urethritis, the medical term for inflammation of the urethra, can impact your body and the way it functions in several uncomfortable and painful ways. Some of the most common urethritis symptoms include:
- Pain during urination and ejaculation
- An increased need to urinate, often occurring suddenly
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Painful sex
- Burning, itchy sensations in the genitals, especially near the opening of the urethra
- Redness around the opening of the urethra
- Unusual genital discharge
- Fevers or chills
- Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Bleeding between periods
- Heavy periods
Does Everyone With Urethritis Have Symptoms?
Some people have urethritis without any obvious symptoms. Women with urethritis are more likely to not have symptoms than men. Men often don’t have symptoms when chlamydia or trich infections cause urethritis. Many people with urethritis are asymptomatic at first but develop symptoms over time.